Fair Park in Dallas is almost synonymous with the Texas State Fair. So when I hear Fair Park, I think of giant crowds, unhealthy food, and portable rides that are meant for children. So I had pretty low expectations for Earth Day at Fair Park.
But it totally blew me away! It pretty much is the opposite of what I expected using my State Fair guidelines.
Here’s some stuff you should know about Earth Day:
- What to bring: nothing out of the ordinary. $10 cash if you want to go on a boat ride (keep reading for more info).
- Where to park: there is plenty of parking but you do have to pay for it. Ours was $10 and they accepted credit card payments.
- Is it pet friendly?: Yes!
- Overall vibe: earthy, festive, fun. Plenty of vendors and music.
- Is there food?: Yes, and healthier options too.
Check out these eleven reasons why Earth Day rocks.
1. There is a ton to do even besides the Earth Day booths.
Fair Park includes museums, gardens, a lake, and more. Keep on reading for some details…
2. You can ride in a swan boat
For $10 you can enjoy a ride on the lake in a swan boat. The swan boats are super easy to ride (you pedal like a bike), and it’s a great romantic or just plain ‘ol fun spot to hang out.
3. Take a stroll through the most beautiful gardens
Texas Discovery Gardens is at Fair Park, and you can get lost in their gorgeous gardens. Bring a picnic or grab some fair food and enjoy it here!
4. Eat healthy(ish) at a fair for once!
When we entered the fair, the first food stand we saw was ice cream- but the healthy kind! NadaMoo is a company based out of Austin that makes ice cream out of coconut milk. It is delicious and you can hardly taste the difference from real ice cream!
Other food stands hosted organic products or free range chicken, etc.
5. Pet exotic baby animals
This was my all time favorite part about the fair. The exotic petting zoo had a ton of baby animals- kangaroos, little goats, a deer, camel, alpaca, giant bunnies, and more!
6. Walk around comfortably
As opposed to the oppressive waves of people at the State Fair, you can actually walk around with ease at Earth Day.
7. Learn about awesome eco-opportunities
The whole purpose of Earth Day is to support the environment and learn about ways to protect it. There were some awesome booths at Earth Day by businesses like Tesla and Perma Cube.
Tesla is pretty self explanatory, but you might not have heard of Perma Cube.
The Perma Cube is essentially a mini greenhouse where you can grow vegetables and herbs in a low maintenance and sustainable way, even if you have a small space to work with. It’s a smart system that we definitely want to invest in once we have a house.
8. Free boxed water for everyone
Walking around on a sunny Texas day will sure leave you thirsty. Don’t worry! There are people handing out free boxed water at stations throughout Earth Day.
9. Expect plants everywhere
Well, it is Earth Day after all!
10. Be surrounded by butterflies
Make sure you stop by the butterfly garden- it’s free! Brace yourself for the humidity, and then check out the many butterfly species housed at Fair Park.
11. Actually have decent parking
Unlike the State Fair, there’s a great chance you’ll find a good parking space!